This year Eastern New Mexico University’s (ENMU) College Daze Rodeo will take place at the Lewis Cooper Arena, Sept. 21-23 at 7 p.m. each night. For those who don’t know, the ENMU Rodeo Team is the most decorated sports team at the university and they host only one “home rodeo” each year. This means that you only get one chance to take advantage of the free admission, with a student ID, to watch the best competitors in the Southwest Region and cheer on your Greyhounds. In the 2015-2016 season, the ENMU College Daze Rodeo was awarded “Best Rodeo in the Southwest Region,” which is voted on by competitors and coaches from every team in the Southwest Region.
In recent years, over 520 competitors from ENMU and 17 other schools, gathered at the Lewis Cooper Arena to compete. The women’s team had plenty of success in both the regional and the national finals held in Casper, Wyoming. Today, ENMU will have over 40 contestants representing the university, coming from all ends of the continent, including but not limited to, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Canada. Of the four competitors who qualified for Casper, three will be returning this year to compete once again. Fan favorite and national champion, Tawny Barry, of South Dakota, earned the title of “National Champion Goat Tyer,” last year. Sadly, Barry and her family recently suffered the loss of her mother, Cleo Barry, after a long battle with cancer. The team has asked for fans and competitors to wear pink on Sat., Sept. 23 night, not only to support the Barry family, but to also support anyone who has fought with or is currently fighting cancer. In the years to come, the rodeo team will be offering a scholarship in Cleo’s memory.